Dora the Explorer: Fairytale Adventure

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Kids learn a lot on rescue mission with Dora.





What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know there is nothing objectionable in this game, which reverses typical fairy-tale roles: Princesses become the rescuers instead of being the ones rescued by princes.

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What's it about?

In DORA THE EXPLORER: FAIRYTALE ADVENTURE, Dora must become a princess so she can rescue her best buddy Boots, who has been turned into \"Sleeping Boots\" by an evil witch. Kids either help Dora in the fairytale escapade or they can bypass the adventure and go directly to the 10 multi-leveled games. If children opt for the adventure, Dora tackles four tasks to gain the status of a \"true princess.\" She asks players to help her get magic rings from a dragon, teach rocks to sing, turn winter to spring, and bring the moon to the King and Queen.

Is it any good?


Fairytale Adventure is a good choice for families wanting to encourage bilingual speech because Dora speaks in both English and Spanish. In addition, the software has three fairytale storybooks that can be read aloud. In the game, youngsters play learning activities that teach colors, shapes, counting, and logical reasoning.

Dora and her friends encourage a child's participation by looking out and talking directly to the child. Because the activities are available on three levels of difficulty, the software is replayable. The software offers hints and help when a child is struggling -- a hallmark of good preschool/kindergarten software. The adventure is exciting because Dora interacts with a witch, a dragon, a giant, and even singing stones.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about princesses and fairy tales. Why are so many fairy tales about princesses who need rescuing? How is Dora like familiar fairy tale princesses? How is she different?

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 9, 2004
ESRB rating:E for (Windows)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Dora's Fairytale adventure rules!!!

you will have fun you do games alot with dora
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 4, 2012

dora explorer fairytale adventure

Families can talk about princesses and fairy tales. Why are so many fairy tales about princesses who need rescuing? How is Dora like familiar fairy tale princesses? How is she different?
Kid, 10 years old August 29, 2011

perfect for kids

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